I'D always wanted to fish Hervey Bay. After researching fishing options and guides for chasing for sub-tropical and tropical species on lures, I came across Andrew Chorley of Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing and booked two full days of fishing last week at Hervey Bay - flying in the day before and home the morning after.
Day one I met Andrew at the ramp at Boat Harbour before setting off in his nicely fitted-out 5.5 metre centre console Galeforce.
We covered several miles and fished a few reefs and bays for longtails and mack tuna, huge queenfish, and oversized broadbar mackerel plus various other species. A sailfish even turned up at one stage. All this in good conditions. It was warm and sunny with northerly winds which then increased making it choppy in places, but still great compared to a windy day off Sydney.
Macks like this broadbar were plentiful.
Day two was similar, although the reefs were a bit more of a challenge, partly due to the large number of sharks that followed the boat around waiting for an easy feed. The sharks were unfortunately well fed on both days.
The highlight of day two day was casting to metre plus longtail tuna on the flats; we even saw a free swimming juvenile marlin.
Mark and a longtail tuna which provided plenty of thrills over the Hervey Bay flats.
Hervey Bay turned out to be a great fishing destination that was easy to reach, with comfortable well priced accommodation nearby. Andrew was a great guide, experienced with an easy going personality. I hope to fish with him again soon.
Tuna on a pencil popper.